France 1593-B denier tournois

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Jean Elsen sale 125, lot 1754
The specimen shown is a denier tournois of Henry IV of France (r. 1589-1610) struck by the hammer at the Dieppe mint (mintmark "B") in 1592-94. Similar coinage is listed for many other mints and is not rare in low grade. The larger double tournois was produced by private contractors in large quantities at a profusion of mints and in many varieties until the 1640's. The issues of Henry IV were reasonable compared to those of the regency of Louis XIII, when the queen-mother sold production contracts to many of her supporters. The face value was one denier. This specimen was lot 1754 in Jean Elsen sale 125 (Brussels, June 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Royaume, Henri IV (1589-1610), Cu denier tournois, 1593-B, Dieppe. D/ B. lauré et cuirassé à d. R/ Deux lis au-dessus de B. Très rare Fine fêlure du flan. Patine verte presque Très Beau. (kingdom of France, Henry IV (1589-1610), copper denier tournois, 1593-B, Dieppe mint. Obverse: laureate, armored bust to right; reverse: two lilies over a "B". Very rare, fine planchet crack, green patina, about very fine.)"
The Dieppe mint was moved to Rouen in 1594 and operated there until the 1850's.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.56 g, copper, this specimen 1,24 g.

Catalog reference: Dupl-1277, Laf. 1112; Crépin, CGKL, 186.

Source:

  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 125: Collections Dr. Jacques Marneffe, Jean-Marie Chouters et Henri Pottier, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2015.

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